WASHINGTON — March employment data show slight additional weakening as payrolls dropped another 663,000 and the January-February revisions totaled minus-86,000. Job losses were widespread as the one-month diffusion index dipped to 22.0% and the civilian unemployment rate jumped 0.4 point to 8.5%, its highest level since 1983 in the aftermath of another deep recession.

Hours and wages weakened — average hourly earnings gained 0.2% to a 3.4% rise over the year — suggesting weak production and income data ahead.

— Market News International

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